When: 4th of December 2012, 19:00
What: Lecture and movie night
Where: Room C76, Leeuwenborch, Hollandseweg 1
The night began with a short lecture from Sven Driessen from JoinThePipe.org. The foundation is the first community of tap water drinkers and has a dream to distribute water in a fair way to all those who need it. JoinThePipe.org sells specially designed water bottles (from non-toxic plastics) and uses the raised money to build water pumps (that will not be easily broken) in Africa and Asia. Sven introduced us to a number of debates currently going on in the drinking water world. For example, why do we buy bottled water if tap water is virtually free its quality is in many cases better? Why can you not choose to buy tap water at the restaurant? Why don’t restaurants sell it, instead of buying the bottled water in?
We then watched a documentary “Blue Gold: Water Wars” by Sam Bozzo (2009). This movie sketches how we are rapidly losing our fresh water supply through pollution, over-extraction and destroying the natural systems, such as wetland, that could restore this balance. The documentary looks on the politics behind water ownership and the consequences of multinationals owning drinking water supply in the world’s largest cities. Conflicts about water is not only about India, Bangladesh and the Ganges; but can be found almost in every country. In the end, the doom scenarios were somewhat softened by the looking at the positive side of things: that activism and conservation can achieve sustainable allocation of drinking water and that acting now is crucial to achieve this. In short, quite a good documentary, and after seeing this film you will also know why you should never buy Coca-Cola again.